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Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends of Hilton

To those of you that I have not yet had the opportunity to greet personally, I would like to extend my best wishes for 2015. I am really excited about this year and am confident that our Matric leadership group will give of their best and have a positive impact on the school. 

We welcome our 114 new boys in Grade 8 and nine boys higher up the school. Our Grade 8 new boys have settled well and having completed their orientation week, will be starting classes for the first time today. We also welcome three exchange students who will be spending this term with us, and we trust that they will have a wonderful experience here. Taylor Brower comes to us from Woodberry Forest in the USA, Sam Devey from Gordonstoun in Scotland and Leopold Kloyer from Salem Schule in Germany. 

We also welcome three new academic members of staff, two new sports staff and eight Intern teachers this year. Mr Pieter van der Schyff joins the Afrikaans Department, Mr Lawrence Beith joins the Economics Department and Mr Hugh Powell, who many of you already know because he has taught extra Mathematics lessons here for many years, has joined the Mathematics Department, in a temporary capacity, until the end of this term when Mr Lionel Julius, our new Mathematics teacher, joins us.

Mr Greg Miller has joined us as the Director of Rugby Coaching and Mr Burger Nel, who was with us as a sports video analyst on a part-time basis last year, is now on our permanent staff.

I would also like to use this opportunity to keep you up to date with other staff changes. Mrs Lizelle van Niekerk has replaced Mr Dave Watson as the School Counsellor, Mr Chris Kingsley takes over as the Head of the Life Orientation Department, Mr Ernie Steenkamp assumes his new role as the Housemaster of Churchill House and Oscar Horstmann as the Assistant Housemaster of Churchill house. Mr John Roff will be taking over from Mr Dave White as Head of the Environmental Education programme, and he will be joined by Mr Mike Mill who will be doing Estate Activities as his extra-mural commitment this year.


We are, once again, very pleased with our Matriculation results. In 2014 we entered a total of 112 candidates. 94% of them met the requirements for Bachelor's Degree Studies and none of our boys failed. In all, twenty-four of our boys achieved four or more distinctions: Nicholas Loxton, Gareth Obery and Jaiy Park achieved 9 distinctions each and we congratulate, in particular, Nicholas Loxton who earned a place on the IEB's Outstanding Achievement list. This means that he achieved within the top 5% of learners in 6 subjects and scored 80% or more for Life Orientation.

Alexander Johannes achieved 8 distinctions and a further four boys, Cameron Beetar, Michael Greig, Joseph Hacker and Cameron Tully achieved 7 distinctions each. These are outstanding achievements and we heartily congratulate all of these boys.

Our sporting season got off to a good start with a full range of fixtures against Kearsney College. I commend all of our teams on their performances but, in particular, our 1st XI cricket team who have made an excellent start; they recorded good victories over Michaelhouse (in the day-night league match on Wednesday) and Kearsney on Saturday. 


 Our Christian Focus week kicked off last night and we look forward to a week during which boys are able to explore their faith. Our prayer is that this programme will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of all of our boys.

Finally, I remind all new parents about the New Boy Parents' Cocktail party at the Fleur-de-Lys Club on Friday 6 February, starting at 18:30. Please remember to reply, by e-mail, to Ann Rake by clicking on this highlighted link.

Wishing you all a good week ahead.

Best wishes.
 

Peter Ducasse

 
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